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The Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute welcomed its newest collection, Sister Soldier Project, with a reception for its founder, Myraline Whitaker. Whitaker’s collection was born of her desire to help women of color serving in the military.
“If hair is longer than the ears, it has to be pulled back and tucked under, and as a black woman I just don’t understand how that happens without the right product,” said Myraline Morris Whitaker, who founded the Sister Soldier Project, a grassroots campaign geared at providing hair products to African-American female soldiers to help them comply with military guidelines.
The Schlesinger Library at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute has acquired the collection of Myraline Morris Whitaker. Whitaker sent thousands of packages filled with black hair care products to female soldiers of color in service, as part of the volunteer initiative Sister Soldier Project. But the thank-you letters and photos she received in return were just as valuable a gift.
Chimamanda Adichie was awarded a fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, which allowed her to finalize her third novel, Americanah. The book was released to great critical acclaim in 2013. Americanah, has received numerous accolades, highlights the Nigerian newspaper BusinessDay.
Radcliffe Institute Fellow Harith Al-Qarawee comments on the role of Iran and the United States in fighting ISIL in Iraq.